September 3, 2002

Three new inspection lanes at Ambassador Bridge expected to speed up cross border commercial traffic

Detroit, Michigan – The Ambassador Bridge announced the availability of three additional Customs primary inspection lanes for commercial traffic. These lanes have been outfitted with temporary
inspection booths constructed by the Ambassador Bridge and are able to accommodate U.S. Customs officers.

These three additional inspection lanes will immediately increase processing capacity by full 50% if and when staffed by the U.S. Customs Service. The availability of these new facilities is positive news for the trade community and for the city of Windsor as long and costly backups can be eliminated with full staffing. It should be noted that these new facilities support the outstanding efforts of the Michigan Congressional Delegation who were able to successfully obtain hundreds of new positions for both U.S. Customs and U.S. Immigration at the Port of Detroit.

“The staffing of these new booths is required immediately and will significantly reduce severe daily backups of commercial vehicles on the streets of Windsor, Ontario, and support Michigan and Ontario’s just in time industry,” said Dan Stamper, President of the Ambassador Bridge.

Ambassador Bridge officials have notified both the Detroit and Washington, D.C. offices of the U.S. Customs Service about the immediate availability of these new facilities and the urgent need for their use.

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